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Hindutva push behind making Lakshadweep the next Maldives?

Muslim women, who have on an average three children, could be possibly banned from contesting local elections in Lakshadweep

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Lakshadweep | BJP | Hindutva

Sai Manish 

MPs Hibi Eden and TN Prathapan
MPs Hibi Eden and TN Prathapan protest demanding the Indian president to urgently call back the administrator Praful Khoda Patel, in front of the Lakshadweep Administration office in Kochi (Photo: PTI)

A string of decisions by Lakshadweep’s administrator and former MLA from Gujarat, Praful Khoda Patel, has kicked up a veritable storm in a territory that barely ever features in mainstream discourse. Gujarat’s former home minister who is the central appointee to govern the atolls has banned the sale, transport and consumption of beef in Lakshwadeep. Anyone found to be killing, transporting or selling cattle can be imprisoned from anywhere between 10 years to life in jail. Under the Animal Preservation (Regulation), authorities have been given unfettered powers to raid any premises where they think beef is being consumed or stored.

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First Published: Tue, June 01 2021. 15:34 IST
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